Rhodes Airmail Inselpost


Following the reconquest of Greece by the Allies, German forces stationed on Crete and the Aegean Islands could only be supplied by air.

The army’s field postmaster for these regions decreed that only mail with Feldpost stamps overprinted “Inselpost” should be transported. To accommodate this requirement, 200,000 package stamps (MiNr 2 B) were overprinted in Vukovar, Croatia, for distribution to the troops.

However, the aircraft transporting the stock of stamps was shot down during a supply flight in October 1944. As a result, until a new supply of stamps (MiNr 10) could be distributed, several local issues were used. Among these were the November 1944 “INSELPOST” overprints of MiNr 1 which were used primarily on the island of Rhodes.

A total of 40,000 were printed. The perforated variety (MiNr 8 A) is much rarer.